The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
"Moartea domnului Lazarescu" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 September 2005 (Romania)
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ion Fiscuteanu ...
Mr. Lazarescu (as Ioan Fiscuteanu)
Mioara Avram
Doru Ana ...
Sandu Sterian
Ambulantier (as Doru Boguta)
Dana Dogaru ...
Mihaela Sterian
Robert Bumbes ...
Bogdan Dumitrache ...
Medic, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Dan Chiriac ...
Medic triaj Spitalui Universitar
Laura Cret ...
Medic ecograf, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mihai Bratila ...
Dr. Breslasu
Alexandru Fifea ...
Brancardier, Spitalui Sf. Spiridon
Mimi Branescu ...
Dr. Mirica
Dr. Laura Serban


Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 September 2005 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,880 (USA) (28 April 2006)


$79,943 (USA) (22 September 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main character's full name is Dante Remus Lazarescu. It is polysemic, because depending on the perspective it has multiple possible meanings or maybe none at all: Italian poet Dante Alighieri wrote in his "Divine Comedy" of the circles of hell. Remus was a co-founder of ancient Rome, killed by his twin. Lazarescu reminds us of the biblical character Lazarus, who was lucky enough to find someone who could raise him from the dead. At the same time, Lazarescu is a very common surname in Romania. Only the forenames 'Dante' and 'Remus' are rather unusual in Romania. See more »


Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »


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Performed by Margareta Paslaru
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really, it's strange how it grabs you
4 October 2005 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

it's a tough bet that the director won. what seems to be odd for such a minimalistic movie is that, with each viewing, you can find a lot of mundane details that fit together and form a more complex picture. of course, that's the whole idea (using minimum means to maximize the effect). in this sense Moartea Domnului Lazarescu stands out as a real piece of work and can almost reach the status of a "cult" picture. i found it a bit too long at times, but you just need to give it a chance, and you'll be hooked. oh, and the actors' performances were outstanding. except for this one, i've never come across a Romanian movie that i could completely "believe" in terms of acting. see it.

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